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Grease (1978)

PG-13  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  16 June 1978 (USA)
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Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?



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A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California, 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, but when they go back to school, what either of them don't know is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny at the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together. Written by Alex Schultz <NedSDeclassified2967>

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Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Briljantin  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,705,463 (USA) (27 March 1998)


£3,989,870 (UK) (14 August 1998)

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Sound Mix:

(re-release) (1998)| (re-release) (1998)| (35 mm prints) (original release)| (70 mm prints) (original release)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, her character's background had to be changed to accommodate Newton-John's own background. In the original Broadway musical Sandy was an all-American girl and her last name was Dumbrowski. In the movie version, she became Sandy Olsson, from Australia. Also, because of Newton-John's casting, John Farrar (Newton-John's frequent songwriter) had to write two new songs for the film while other songs from the Broadway musical were dropped. See more »


At the dance, Danny is wearing two different pairs of shoes. In some scenes he is wearing black dress shoes with a heel and in others he is wearing black shoes that are flat and look like sneakers. See more »


[first lines]
Sandy: I'm going back to Australia; I might never see you again.
Danny: Don't... don't talk that way, Sandy.
Sandy: But it's true! I've just had the best summer of my life, and now I have to go away. It isn't fair.
[Danny starts kissing her]
Sandy: Danny, don't spoil it!
Danny: It's not spoiling it, Sandy, it's only making it better.
Sandy: Danny... is this the end?
Danny: Of course not; it's only the beginning.
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Greased Lightning
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Performed by John Travolta and Jeff Conaway
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Greatest musical ever!!
15 December 1998 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Grease. I've seen the play and I've watched the movie at least 500 times. It captures everything high school is about. Even though it is set in the 50's, it seems to resonate even for today's generation. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are great in the movie as well as the rest of the cast. I met the girl of my dreams when I took her on a date to see the play, so this film has a special place in my heart.

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